Strolling through the cobbled streets of Cape Town always makes me nostalgic for Paris, France. A world I was immersed in a lifetime ago. The two cities have many similarities, sights, smells and sounds all colliding at once, giving you a good smack in the gob! A grand entry into a mish-mash city life experience. One needs a 7th sense as to not get knocked off their feet by slick, self-proclaimed Formula 1 drivers and somehow develop more lives than a cat. Remaining street savvy is the best way to survive the hustle and bustle of this metropolis lifestyle!
There is no other place on the planet quite as unique, as this Metropolitan giant. If you don’t have a plan mapped out – you can end up wondering around the winding streets for hours with a grumbling tummy and aching feet. With that said, if you listen carefully, like the Tower of Babel, you will hear whispering voices rising in languages around you, so foreign one might think you are at a gathering for The United Nations. Cape Town is described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and is home to a large number of international citizens – adding diversity helps stir the ‘potjie pot’ for travellers far and wide. What I love the most, is that for the tired and weary soul, longing for family – you will more often than not, find a cosy corner bistro that reminds you of home. Taking pleasant trips down memory lane, my husband and I started our journey off at Pepperclub hotel. A trendy establishment in the civic centre. The staff set the bar above and beyond! Thank you to everyone who made our stay top class. We loved exploring the city and finding gems. From fabulous street art to mouth dropping, awe inspiring architecture, this cultural hot spot is famously known to have it all. From a young age, I have always loved splashes of vibrant colours. Especially yellow. It reminds me of happiness and sunshine. If you are looking for both, you will surely find it as you trail along the side streets of Bo-Kaap. This colourful neighbourhood with Cape Dutch-infused Edwardian style houses is beautiful and should be a reminder for us all to never stray from our ever curious and one-of-a-kind selves.
After a long day of adventure, The V&A Waterfront is still a favourite destination after dusk. The restaurant lights flicker across the waters. The street buskers colour the by-ways with mesmerising dances, mimes and music from far away-lands. When the ships come into the harbour to dock and their horns call it a day. You know it’s time to go home, crawl under the duvets and wish all a good night.